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Tom Doak to speak at EGCOA Conference

11.38am 11th November 2009 - Management Topics - This story was updated on Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Tom Doak
Golf architect Tom Doak

Leading golf architect Tom Doak will speak at the European Golf Course Owners’ Association conference in Amsterdam in December. Doak currently has four courses ranked among the top 100 in the world according to Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses in the World” list.

Amongst the top courses designed by Doak are Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado, Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. He opened his first European course, the Renaissance Club at Archerfield, next door to Muirfield in Scotland, two years ago.

Doak will participate in a panel on golf course development, hosted by KPMG’s Andrea Sartori. This session on Friday 4 December will highlight development in upcoming regions in Europe, providing an answer to the question what ‘The Next Step’ for golf development will be and where investors can seize opportunities in the future.

Joining Doak in the panel are Jeff Howes, a senior member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) who established Jeff Howes Golf Design in 1991 and Peter Harradine, Principal and Senior Architect of Harradine Golf who has personally designed and co-designed over 160 golf courses.

Between them their work covers five continents and more than 220 golf courses developed. Together with other speakers and participants at the European Golf Course Owners Association-organised conference, they will define “The Next Step; From Change To Opportunity” – the theme of the conference.

Other subjects under discussion will include how golf course owners can take advantage of changes; how they can generate more revenue by using e-marketing and yield management; and solutions to problems golf operators face on a daily basis.

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